Murdo urges Government to give Pothole fund green light

Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP, Murdo Fraser, has joined with Conservative colleagues to call on the Scottish Government to provide £100 million over the next three years to help repair the nations damaged road surfaces.

Experts believe there to be around 150,000 potholes across the country, with a large percentage found on roads across Perth and Kinross, Fife, Stirling and Clackmannanshire.

In Perth and Kinross, the Conservative administration has made it a priority to deal with the pothole crisis but only a significant increase in funding will allow this to happen.

Repairing Scotland’s roads would cost around £1.7 billion but the SNP have reduced real terms funding for road maintenance and have only made £10 million available to councils following the tough winter weather.

Figures from the AA have shown that the percentage of A roads in Perth & Kinross urgently requiring work increased from 36% to 40%, B roads from 35% to 40% and C roads from 33% to 38%. The figures are averaged over two, two-year periods, 2009-11 and 2015-17.

The previous SNP administration in Perth & Kinross changed the classification of potholes, meaning that only those that were over 60mm in depth would be filled. The new Conservative-led administration reversed this policy last year.

Commenting ahead of the debate, Murdo Fraser MSP said;

“Roads across Perth and Kinross are in an appalling state and the council can only do so much given the tough financial settlement they are working with.

“Local Authorities across Mid-Scotland and Fife need far more than the £10 million the Scottish Government has offered up so far.

“Unless there is proper investment, along the lines we propose, roads across Perth and Kinross, Fife, Stirling and Clackmannanshire will continue to suffer from defects that will only get worse.

“Repairing potholes as soon as they appear prevents further road surface degradation but without proper funding this can’t happen and the Scottish Government must consider giving this £100 million fund the green light.”

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